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Colin Currie

Percussion
Artist in Association, Southbank Centre, London
Artist in Residence, Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Colin Currie & Håkan Hardenberger perform at Bergen International Festival

20 May 2018

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Bergen International Festival

Colin Currie and Hakan Hardenberger continue their season-long tour of their duo programme on 3 June 2018 at the Bergen International Festival. Their performance at Grieg House includes the Norwegian premiere of Brett Dean …the scene of the crime…, co-commissioned by the festival, alongside works by Andre Jolivét, Tobias Broström and Joe Duddell. Currie also performs at the festival on 4 June with the PERCelleh duo, as the culmination of the season-long Crescendo mentoring scheme the Currie has undertaken with fellow mentors Leif Ove Andsnes and Janine Jensen.


Currie and Hardenberger then immediately embark on joint recording sessions, for the second release on Colin Currie Records, which is released in autumn 2018.

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The Colin Currie Group debuts at the Barbican Centre 

28 April 2018

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Barbican Centre

Colin Currie Group perform Steve Reich’s Tehillim at the Barbican Centre's Sounds and Visions, a weekend curated by Max Richter and Yulia Mahr. The performance marks the group's debut at the Barbican.


Synergy Vocals joins the Group, conducted by Colin Currie, to open the concert with Reich’s blend of minimalist style and ancient Hebrew texts. The programme then explores some of Richter’s most important influences, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Andre de Ridder) performing music by Ives and Berio and concluding with the London premiere of Richter's Three Worlds.


The Colin Currie Group has enjoyed major success in the 2017/18 season, with a weekend residency at Louis Vuitton Fondation, Paris at the invitation of Steve Reich and the release of their critically acclaimed recording of Drumming. The group first performed Tehilim at Tokyo Opera City in March 2017 in the presence of the composer, who described their performance as “the best I’ve ever heard”.

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Colin Currie & Martyn Brabbins perform Belgian premiere of Turnage's Martland Memorial

21 April 2018

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Martyn Brabbins

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Antwerp Symphony

Colin Currie joins the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra for the Belgian premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage Martland Memorial under the baton of Martyn Brabbins on 5 May 2018. This concerto-styled work, composed for Currie, is a tribute to composer Steve Martland and had its world premiere last year at the Southbank Centre.


The world premiere was met with widespread acclaim:


“Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new percussion piece made a striking centrepiece to this London concert… The closing 'Lachryme', so simple in design, has an eloquent melancholy that lingers. As always, Currie made a vivid focal point on multifarious percussion instruments, mostly marimba and vibraphone, but also cocking a snook with quacking duck calls, birdsong and car horn."
Financial Times, April 2017


Martland Memorial is co-commissioned by London’s Southbank Centre, Snape Maltings, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra.

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Colin Currie gives Birtwistle European premiere with Nicolas Hodges at Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series

05 April 2018

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Southbank Centre

Colin Currie returns to the Southbank Centre on 19 April 2018 to give the European premiere of Harrison Birtwistle Intrada for Piano and Percussion alongside Nicolas Hodges. The concert takes place at the recently reopened Queen Elizabeth Hall and is part of the International Chamber Music Series, a Southbank Centre co-promotion with Intermusica.


Also included in the programme are duo and solo works including Stockhausen Klavierstuck X, Feldman The King of Denmark and Stockhausen Kontakte.


Currie and Hodges gave the world premiere of the work at Washington’s Library of Congress in March.

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Colin Currie Group & Intermusica raise nearly £2,000 in Shelter's Vertical Rush 2018

16 March 2018

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Colin Currie Group

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JustGiving
Vertical Rush

On 15 March Colin Currie, his Colin Currie Group bandmates George Barton and Matt Farthing and Intermusica staff members Kate Caro and Florence Eves successfully climbed the 932 steps of London's Tower 42 as part of homeless charity Shelter’s Vertical Rush challenge.


The team’s fundraising efforts have resulted in a total of almost £2,000: 241% of their original target.


Their fundraising page will be open until the end of April if you would still like to donate to Shelter – click here to donate.

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Colin Currie & Nicolas Hodges give Harrison Birtwistle world premiere at the Library of Congress

10 March 2018

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Library of Congress

Colin Currie and Nicolas Hodges reunite on 24 March 2018 to give the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's new work for piano and percussion, Intrada, at Washington DC's Library of Congress. Alongside the new work Currie and Hodges perform other duo and solo works including Stockhausen Klavierstuck X, Feldman The King of Denmark and Stockhausen Kontakte.


Currie and Hodges bring the work to London for the UK premiere at the Southbank Centre on 19 April. Intrada for piano and percussion is co-commissioned by the Library of Congress, Southbank Centre and De Doelen, Rotterdam.

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The Colin Currie Group releases debut album on Colin Currie Records

09 March 2018

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Colin Currie Records
Saffron Hall

The Colin Currie Group's debut album, a recording of Steve Reich Drumming, is released on Colin Currie Records on 9 March 2018. Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the project was endorsed by Reich, who said “it will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made”.


The recording is the first release on Colin Currie Records and was recorded at The Warehouse, London, alongside the Group's regular collaborators, Synergy Vocals. A Fly On The Wall filmed part of the recording sessions, which you can watch below.


The group follows the release with a performance of Drumming with Synergy Vocals at Saffron Hall on 10 March. Colin Currie will sign copies of the Drumming recording after the concert, which also features performances of Reich Clapping Music and Mallet Quartet.

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Colin Currie joins BBC Philharmonic for Simon Holt's 60th birthday celebration

03 February 2018

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Bridgewater Hall

Colin Currie joins the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall on 17 February 2018 for a 60th birthday celebration concert for Simon Holt. Currie performs Holt a table of noises under the baton of John Storgårds.


a table of noises was written by Holt for Currie, who gave the world premiere with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Last season Currie's recording of the work with the Hallé Orchestra and Nicholas Collon was released on NMC Records.


Currie and Storgårds then travel to Scotland where they tour Rautavaara Incantations with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. They perform at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries on 28 February, Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 1 March, Glasgow City Halls on 2 March and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on 3 March.

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The Southbank Centre launched its 2018/19 classical season on 30 January 2018, with Intermusica artists and performing throughout the year. Highlights include Marin Alsop continuing her relationship with the Southbank in concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continuing their residency, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos, John Wilson, Kian Soltani and George Li.


Another major highlight of the season is the International Chamber Music Series, which Intermusica co-promotes with the Southbank Centre. This year it opens with a concert from Jordi Savall and his Hesperion XXI and features a concert marking the centenary of author Muriel Spark from the Nash Ensemble, and performances from Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the Jerusalem, Artemis and Belcea quartets, and performances of Stockhausen by Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard.


Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra continue as Associate Orchestra with three concerts in the new season. The first, on 16 September 2018, pairs a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.5 with HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! in a concert conceived and directed by Jane Mitchell. Their second, on 20 January 2019, is titled Songs from the Road and features Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer, arrangements of folk ballads and the world premiere of Du Yun Where we lost our shadows. Their final concert takes place on 5 June 2019 and features works by Beethoven, Thomas Adès, a Max Richter world premiere and Mozart's Symphony No.41.


Kirill Gerstein renews his partnership with Thomas Adès when he joins the composer and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 26 September to perform Adès' concerto for piano and orchestra, In Seven Days.


Geoffrey Paterson returns to the London Sinfonietta on 13 October to conduct them in a performance of Pascal Dusapin Passion, a collaboration with Music Theatre Wales.


Patricia Bardon returns to the role of Baba the Turk in a performance of Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 3 November.


Lahav Shani and Francesco Piemontesi join forces for a concert of Brahms and Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 4 November. Shani conducts Weber Oberon Overture, Brahms Symphony No.1 and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor', with himself as piano soloist.


Marin Alsop makes her first visit of the season on 11 November, conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. She then returns on 16 January to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a contemporary programme with Colin Currie giving the world premiere of Helen Grime's Percussion Concerto.


John Wilson returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 15 November for a concert of Gershwin and Walton. He is joined by Louis Schwizgebel, who performs Gershwin Piano Concerto. Wilson then brings his John Wilson Orchestra to the Southbank Centre on 15 December, leading them in a characteristic programme of music from Hollywood and Broadway. He returns on 18 April to lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a special performance of Gilbert & Sullivan Trial by Jury.


Mary Bevan joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Brian Wright for a seasonal performance of Handel's Messiah on 16 December.


Leonidas Kavakos appears at the Southbank Centre's International Chamber Music Series on 18 January alongside Yuja Wang, performing a recital of Mozart, Prokofiev, Bartók and Strauss.


Martyn Brabbins joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 20 January 2019 to conduct an English programme of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten and the London premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Prometheus, a concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra.


Jacques Imbrailo joins the Mozartists and conductor Ian Page on 29 January for the next concert in their Mozart 250 series, which is themed around the year 1769. Imbrailo sings arias by Gluck, Haydn, Arne, Gréty and Paisiello.


Susan Bickley returns to the Southbank Centre to sing Beethoven Symphony No.9 alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Oliver Gooch on 16 March.


Kian Soltani returns on 23 March after his acclaimed debut at Southbank Centre with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. This time he joins Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to play Elgar Cello Concerto.


George Li joins Vasily Petrenko and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on 27 March to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, part of a programme that also features Khachaturian Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Walton Symphony No.1.


Following a critically acclaimed London conducting debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2017, Carlos Miguel Prieto returns to lead the young musicians in a concert on 12 April. Prieto conducts an exciting programme of Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Copland.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the International Piano Series on 2 May, performing a solo recital of works by Bach, Debussy and Rachmaninov.


Martin James Bartlett joins the Philharmonia Orchestra on 7 May to perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G, part of a programme that also features the world premiere of Cecilia McDowall Da Vinci Requiem.

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Colin Currie performs Corigliano's Conjuror in return to Houston Symphony

18 January 2018

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Houston Symphony

Colin Currie returns to Houston Symphony  this month to give three performances of Corigliano's Conjuror at Jones Hall on 2,3 and 4 February 2018. Currie performs under the baton of Fabien Gabel in the programme of French and American classics, which also includes Ravel Daphnis and Chloé.


Currie next returns to the US in March to give the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle Intrada for piano and percussion at the Library of Congress, and for solo recitals in Minneapolis and Lawrence University.


Elsewhere this month, Currie joins the BBC Philharmonic to celebrate the 60th birthday of composer Simon Holt and then performs Rautavaara Incantations in Scotland with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

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The Colin Currie Group performs at Time Unwrapped at Kings Place

06 January 2018

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Kings Place

The Colin Currie Group begins the new year with a performance at London’s Kings Place on 20 January 2018, part of the venue's new Time Unwrapped series.


Time Unwrapped runs throughout 2018 and explores how music can “stretch time, condense it, reverse it, organise it, atomise it, tangle with it and suspend it altogether”. Time Unwrapped provides audiences with fifty different experiences of time, with performances from a diverse range of artists.


The Colin Currie Group’s performance, Time Phase, features a range of music by Steve Reich including New York Counterpoint for clarinet and tape, Quartet (written by Steve Reich specifically for the Group) and Drumming Part 1. The Group recently announced that their recording of Drumming is released in Spring 2018 on Colin Currie Records.

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Colin Currie Group performs at the Fondation Louis Vuitton's celebration of Steve Reich

18 November 2017

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Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Colin Currie Group travels to Paris to give three performances at the prestigious Fondation Louis Vuitton on 2 and 3 December 2017. At the invitation of the Steve Reich, the Group takes part in a weekend celebration of the composer as part of the Fondation's exhibition, Being Modern: the MoMA in Paris. Reich himself will be present and will take part in a series of talks and performances, including performing Clapping Music with Colin Currie.


The Group’s programmes include Quartet, Drumming, Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ as well as adding Pulse and Proverb to their repertoire (both to be conducted by Colin Currie). They are joined for the concerts by Synergy Vocals.


Other performances for the Group this season include at King's Place in London in January and at Saffron Hall in March.

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Colin Currie gives Scandinavian premiere of HK Gruber's into the open... with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

08 November 2017

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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Colin Currie returns to the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra this month to give the Scandinavian premiere of HK Gruber into the open… on 22 November 2017. The concert is conducted by Gruber himself and is part of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic's HK Gruber Composer Festival. Currie gave the world premiere of the concerto at 2015 BBC Proms and most recently gave a critically acclaimed US premiere conducted by Gruber in December 2016:


"the formidably gifted Currie showed himself an absolute master of his instrumental battery. He could draw the most delicate of sounds from the instruments as well as thunder that carried above the full orchestra."
South Florida Classical Review, December 2016


"Currie gave a riveting, athletic performance, moving among the vast array of percussion with the intense alertness of a prize fighter"
Classical Voice North America, December 2016


Click here to read more about the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic's Composer Festival.

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Colin Currie gives UK premiere of Brett Dean's The Scene of the Crime with Håkan Hardenberger at Snape Maltings

28 October 2017

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Snape Maltings

Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger continue their long-established collaboration this month, giving the UK premiere of Brett Dean's The Scene of the Crime at the Snape Maltings on 11 November 2017. The concert, which also features Joe Duddell Catch and Tobias Broström Dream Variations, is the culmination of a week-long programme with the students of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, during which Currie and mentor the young percussionists and trumpeters separately and in joint repertoire works.


Currie and Hardenberger then travel to London to debut their new recital programme at the Wimbledon International Festival on 15 November. Across the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons the duo perform their adventurous new programme, including newly commissioned works, at various festivals, including the Wimbledon and Bergen International Festivals.

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Colin Currie launches record label & announces debut recording of the Colin Currie Group

24 October 2017

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Colin Currie has announced the creation of his own record label, beginning with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, released in March 2018. Distributed by LSO Live and its partners worldwide, Colin Currie Records is a platform for the soloist's diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music over the past century.


Featuring key percussion repertoire - from solo works and percussion concerti to chamber music and original collaborations - the label will also champion new percussion music by contemporary British composers, reflecting Currie’s longstanding commitment to this area. The first release will be the debut album of the Colin Currie Group, the ensemble founded by Currie to perform the music of Steve Reich. Their recording of Reich’s iconic Drumming was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign which Reich enthusiastically endorsed, saying “it will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made.”


Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator), Currie is an exhilarating solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. As the driving force behind new percussion music for 20 years, Currie has irreversibly transformed the percussion landscape for soloists, challenging and commissioning today’s foremost composers to write new works.


Currie has had works written for him by composers such as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, James MacMillan, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brett Dean, Anna Clyne, Andrew Norman and Julia Wolfe, with future premieres planned of works by Helen Grime, Harrison Birtwistle, Simon Holt and Andy Akiho. Currie’s commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award.


Colin Currie comments:


"The percussion world has expanded exponentially, with more opportunities for soloists and young performers than ever before...and the wealth of new music in the past twenty years is staggering. I'm incredibly honoured to play my part in that. It seems a seminal and important moment to capture these remarkable developments on record and I'm very excited about having the chance to curate my own recordings."


London Symphony Orchestra’s label, LSO Live, will support the creation and development of Colin Currie Records and distribution of its recordings. Currie is the first solo artist to partner with LSO Live, following the launch of labels for the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Currie first collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra aged 15, performing a concerto with the orchestra as Gold medal winner of the Shell LSO Competition. This new partnership will cement their relationship and shared values, including their joint commitment to championing new British music.


Future release plans on Colin Currie Records include a solo recital disc featuring works by Carter, Xenakis, Stockhausen, Hosokawa, Mantovani and Wallin as well as further recordings of Reich’s repertoire with the Colin Currie Group.


Becky Lees, Head of LSO Live, said:


“LSO Live was set up to put artists in control of their recordings. I am delighted that Colin Currie, one of the world’s great percussionists, will become the first solo artist to launch a label through LSO Live, joining our partners The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Colin’s commitment to new music chimes well with the Orchestra’s work, making Colin Currie Records an ideal partner for LSO Live at this stage. Having created a successful player-led and owned recording model for the LSO it is wonderful to be able to use our expertise to advise and assist other musicians, in putting themselves in control of the music they record, and making the most of the new ways of reaching audiences in the 21st century.”


Colin Currie Records launches with a concert at London's Kings Place on 20 January 2018, in an all-Steve Reich programme performed by the Colin Currie Group.

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Colin Currie gives world premiere of new work by Dave Maric at Sir James MacMillan's The Cumnock Tryst

14 September 2017

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The Cumnock Tryst

Colin Currie returns to Scotland this month for two performances at Sir James MacMillan's The Cumnock Tryst. On 28 September Currie joins the Scottish Ensemble for the festival's opening concert to perform the world premiere of a new work for percussion, piano, electronics and orchestra by regular collaborator Dave Maric. Currie then performs a solo recital at New Cumnock Town Hall on 29 September.


Currie also partakes in education and outreach work as part of the festival, which culminates in a Kaleidoscope concert on 29 September with Drake Music Scotland, Sir James MacMillan, Matilda Brown and the Scottish Ensemble.


The Cumnock Tryst, which takes place annually in his native Ayrshire, was founded by MacMillan in 2014, and this year won the Arts & Business Scotland's Placemaking Award. This years festival runs from 28 September to 1 October and features further performances from Westminster Cathedral Choir, Sean Shibe and Ian Peaston.

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Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger give Brett Dean world premiere Malmö Chamber Music Festival

05 September 2017

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Malmo Chamber Music Festival

Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger join forces once more to give the world premiere of Brett Dean's The Scene of the Crime on 19 September 2017 at the Malmö Chamber Music Festival. The Scene of the Crime is a duo work for percussion and trumpet, and marks the closing chapter of Dean's Hamlet journey, which has spanned four years and multiple compositions, including his critically acclaimed operatic adaptation.


Currie and Dean also feature across the rest of the festival. Currie performs in various chamber and solo concerts, performing works by Gubaidulina, Pontinen, Staern and Wallin. He also gives a masterclass at the Palladium on 23 September.


Dean performs Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Tomo Keller and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields on 21 September, and joins the Doric String Quartet for a performance of his Epitaphs on 20 September, before giving the European premiere of Rooms of Elsinore with Francisca Skoogh that night.

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Colin Currie’s Carter recording released on Ondine

08 August 2017

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Ondine

Colin Currie’s premiere recording of the late Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation is released this month, on Friday 11 August 2017, on Ondine records. Elliott Carter: Late Works is dedicated to the late catalogue of Carter, who died in 2012, and features five premiere recordings. Currie performs the work with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Knussen.


In 2010 Carter wrote Conversations, a mini-concerto for piano and percussion at the request of Currie who felt that it would tickle Carter's imagination and enduringly inventive spirit, which it did. The following year, at the suggestion of Oliver Knussen, Carter added two brief prefatory movements and retitled the piece Two Controversies and a Conversation. Currie gave the world premiere performance with the New York Philharmonic, Eric Huebner and David Roberston in 2012.


Currie’s previous release on Ondine of Rautavaara Incantations with Helsinki Philharmonic/Storgards won a 2012 Gramophone Award. Elliot Carter: Late Works is available from Ondine.

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Colin Currie performs Andrew Norman's Switch on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

20 July 2017

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National Youth Orchestras of Scotland

Colin Currie joins the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland this month for their annual summer tour of Scotland, beginning at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, on 3 August 2017. Currie gave the world premiere of the work with Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony in 2015 and also released the world premiere recording on Reference Records to critical acclaim:


“The most exciting work is enthralled by the boisterous virtuosity of its percussion soloist, Colin Currie… The rush of unchecked energy and invention in Andrew Norman’s Switch comes as a thrill. There’s a brilliantly elastic sense of play between soloist and orchestra, with every percussion instrument setting off a fun reaction in some part of the orchestra."
Gramophone, July 2016


Currie is delighted to be returning to the orchestra, of which he was a member during the 1990s:


“I’m thrilled to be performing with NYOS once again, an orchestra that meant the world to me when I joined it aged 13 in 1990. The intensive courses and the wonderful concerts are strong memories for me - and I look forward especially to be bringing my Andrew Norman concerto to the group as it is the perfect sonic adventure for the young musicians in this ensemble. An explosive collaboration awaits!”

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Colin Currie & Sir James MacMillan perform MacMillan percussion concertos in New Zealand Symphony Orchestra tour

22 June 2017

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Sir James MacMillan

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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Colin Currie and Sir James MacMillan return to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra this July for a two-week tour from 6 July 2017, performing both MacMillan Veni, Veni, Emmanuel and Percussion Concerto No.2. Veni, Veni, Emmanuel is one of MacMillan's most performed works with over 500 performances since its 1992 premiere given by Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Percussion Concerto No.2 was written for Currie, who gave its world premiere with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in 2014.


On 6, 7 and 8 July Currie gives the New Zealand premiere of Percussion Concerto No.2, conducted by MacMillan, in Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington. The programme is completed by Adès Polaris and Vaughan Williams Symphony No.4. They then join the New Zealand Symphony Youth Orchestra for two performances of Veni, Veni, Emmanuel in Wellington and Auckland on 14 and 15 July. MacMillan also conducts the world premiere of works by two young New Zealand composers, Celeste Oram and Reuben Jelleyman, and mentors the participants of the NZSO Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards.

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Colin Currie Group give sold-out concerts at the Elbphilharmonie's Maximal Minimal Festival

27 April 2017

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Elbphilharmonie

The Colin Currie Group follows its "thrilling" (Times) performance at the Royal Festival with two concerts at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on 11 and 12 May 2017. The two sold out performances also mark the group's debut at the venue.


The performances are part of the Elbphilharmonie's Maximal Minimal festival, which celebrates the music of composers such as Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, Philip Glass and Terry Riley.


For the first concert on 11 May, the Colin Currie Group performs Music for Pieces of Wood, Sextet and Drumming. On 12 May Colin Currie and Steve Reich perform Clapping Music followed by the Group performing Music for 18 Musicians.

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Colin Currie Group achieve target for Drumming fundraising campaign

07 April 2017

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Kickstarter

The Colin Currie Group have achieved the target on their first crowdfunding campaign, raising over £14,500 to record Steve Reich Drumming with five days to spare. The piece was the first work ever performed by the group; Steve Reich himself recently said that the recording "will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made."


Writing on the Kickstarter page, the group thanked the backers of the campaign:


"Thank you for being a part of our success. Together, we'll make an amazing recording."


The Kickstarter runs until 12 April and there are still great rewards available to backers – click here to visit the page for more details. The Colin Currie Group has the team lined up, a venue confirmed and administrative costs covered, so all funds raised on Kickstarter will go directly towards recording the music.

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Colin Currie gives world premiere of Turnage Martland Memorial with Marin Alsop at Royal Festival Hall

24 March 2017

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Southbank Centre

Colin Currie gave the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage Martland Memorial at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 April 2017, performing the concerto with the Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. The new work was written for Currie in tribute to composer Steve Martland, who died in 2013. They gave a repeat performance at Snape Maltings Concert Hall on 8 April.


Speaking about composing for Currie, Turnage has said:


“I knew Colin was a brilliant mallet percussionist, so marimba and vibraphone were a must, but I also included toy instruments to reflect Steve’s lighter and mercurial side. It ended up as a sequence of six shortish movements, largely upbeat in mood beyond the opening Cortège, with a Rumba, Pavane, a Courante cadenza and a Hornpipe before the closing Lachryme. It’s a long way from the Mahlerian elegy you might have expected from a memorial.”


Martland Memorial is co-commissioned by the Southbank Centre, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra.


The work was met with widespread critical acclaim:


“Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new percussion piece made a striking centrepiece to this London concert… The closing “Lachryme”, so simple in design, has an eloquent melancholy that lingers. As always, Currie made a vivid focal point on multifarious percussion instruments, mostly marimba and vibraphone, but also cocking a snook with quacking duck calls, birdsong and car horn." Financial Times, April 2017


“There are six short movements, the fourth being a mellow marimba solo. The opening is characteristic Turnage – urban and sinewy – but the vibraphone introduces a cool air and the expression becomes bittersweet…. for the virtuoso that he is, it was all about [Currie] being in the right place with the right implement and, most pertinently of all, contributing to music that remembers a departed soul with subtlety and imagination.” Classical Source, April 2017


Publishing information: www.boosey.com/cr/music/Mark-Anthony-Turnage-Martland-Memorial/100651 

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Colin Currie Group launches Kickstarter campaign to record Drumming

22 March 2017

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Today, 22 March 2017, the Colin Currie Group launches its first ever crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise money to record Steve Reich’s Drumming. Reich himself said, at the group’s Tokyo concerts in March 2017, that “it will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made”.


The work was the first ever performed by the Colin Currie Group and, ten years later, remains a foundation of their repertoire. Steve Reich has been incredibly supportive of the group’s performances of his music and this is a chance for them to create the best possible recording of one of the great works of the 20th Century. After the group’s performance of Drumming in 2010, Reich said:


“I just want to say to everybody that I think [Colin Currie] has taken this piece and the incredible musicians you heard tonight – into another generation, yes – but beyond that into a finer level of performance, and has opened it up to me as a kind of revelation, and I want to thank him.”


The Colin Currie Group has the team lined up, a venue confirmed and administrative costs covered, so all funds raised on Kickstarter will go directly towards recording the music. Rewards will be offered to supporters of the campaign: visit the Kickstarter page for more details.


The campaign will run for three weeks, until 12 April, with the aim of raising £14,500. Without the full total, the recording won’t be possible so please share the page and, if you can, donate!

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Colin Currie releases new records on NMC & Hyperion

17 February 2017

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NMC Recordings

Colin Currie releases two new records this month, beginning with the release of Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion on Hyperion on 3 March 2017. Currie recorded the piece with Sam Walton, Cédric Tiberghien and François-Frédéric Guy at Henry Wood Hall, with the Guardian praising the recording's "jostling, gracious, deft playing".


Currie follows this with the release of his recording of Simon Holt a table of noises on NMC records on 24 March. Currie was joined for the recording by Nicholas Collon and the Hallé Orchestra. Premiered in 2008, a table of noises was written for Currie won the Best Orchestral Award at the British Composers Award in 2009. The work is comprised of 6 movements with five brief instrumental 'ghosts' interspersed, throughout which the soloist is seated on a Cajon with his instruments laid out in front of him on a table. Currie says "this percussion concerto exuberantly tears up the manual on how to approach the medium and I am thrilled with the idiosyncratic, adventurous results". The disc also features Holt St Vitus in the Kettle and witness to a snow miracle. a table of noises is available to pre-order from NMC now.

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Colin Currie Group performs Reich's Tehillim for first time in two sold-out concerts in Tokyo

15 February 2017

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The Colin Currie Group travels to Japan this month for two sold-out concerts at Tokyo Opera City on 1 and 2 March 2017.


The group performs Steve Reich Tehillim as part of a worldwide celebration of the composer's music and his 80th birthday. The concerts also feature the Japanese premiere of Quartet, which was written for Currie, while Reich himself joins Currie to perform Clapping Music.


The group performs Tehillim again in May at the Royal Festival Hall in London as part of the International Chamber Music Festival.

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Colin Currie in Pittsburgh Symphony debut and solo recitals in Washington and Princeton

01 February 2017

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Colin Currie makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with two concerts on 10 and 12 February 2017 at Heinz Hall. He joins the orchestra to perform Sir James MacMillan’s first percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, under the baton of Manfred Honeck. Currie most recently performed the concerto in his Danish National Symphony Orchestra debut in September 2016, also with Honeck conducting. He also regularly performs James MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2, which the composer wrote for him.


Alongside his Pittsburgh debut Currie also gives two major solo recitals in the US this month. He travels to Washington DC on 11 February to perform at the historic Sixth & I and to Princeton University on 14 February to give two back to back performances in Alexander Hall at 6pm and 9pm. He is joined for his Princeton performances by actor Michael Dean Morgan, who reads excerpts from Gabriel Garcia Márquez' short stories, upon which Currie’s closing recital piece, Rolf Wallin Realismos Magicos, is based.


Currie’s Boston recital in December 2016 was received with great praise from critics:


"[Currie] moved with taut physicality and fierce focus.. Currie inhabited different characters with each brief movement, the solo marimba singing in diverse dialects that changed with the mallets.. the furtive speechlike rhythms and cadences in the seconds-long movement “Dialogue With the mirror” evoked emotion too complex for words.."
Boston Globe, December 2016


"Currie is an energetic performer with a probing musical mind. .. Currie's performance had buoyant energy and he coaxed a color wheel of effects from the instruments spread across the stage."
Boston Classical Review, December 2016

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Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 Classical Season

Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 classical season, which was announced on 26 January 2017.


Highlights of the new season include Marin Alsop conducting Bernstein Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Kian Soltani performing in memory of Jacqueline du Pré with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Intermusica co-promoted International Chamber Music Series features James Ehnes leading Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Danielle de Niese performing with the Navarra String Quartet and Colin Currie marking the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. Boris Giltburg and George Li give solo recitals as part of the long-running International Piano Series, Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in the finale of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Ligeti in Wonderland festival, and Kian Soltani makes a second appearance alongside Brett Dean for a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet.


More details:


28 October 2017
Kian Soltani & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim / Strauss Don Quixote


14 November 2017
James Ehnes, Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt & Jean Johnson / Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time 


28 February 2018
Boris Giltburg / Brahms, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov


20 March 2018
George Li / Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin & Liszt


6 & 7 April 2018
Marin Alsop & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Bernstein Mass 


19 April 2018
Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges / Morton Feldman, Stockhausen & Harrison Birtwistle


27 April 2018
Danielle de Niese & Navarra String Quartet / Albert Roussel, Schubert & Ernest Chausson


13 May 2018
Nicholas Collon
& Aurora Orchestra / Ligeti


29 May 2018
Brett Dean & Kian Soltani with Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park and Leon Bosch / Schubert Trout Quintet


For more information and to book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.

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Colin Currie gives recital alongside students from the Royal Academy of Music

13 January 2017

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Colin Currie collaborates with percussion students of the Royal Academy of Music for a recital at the academy's Duke's Hall on 27 January 2017. Laura Bradford, Jacob Brown, Matthew Farthing and Emmanuel Joste will be mentored and rehearse with Currie before performing alongside him in Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet and Steve Reich Mallet Quartet, intermingled with Currie’s solo recital programme.


Last month Currie received outstanding reviews for his recital as part of Boston’s Celebrity Series:


"[Currie] moved with taut physicality and fierce focus.. Currie inhabited different characters with each brief movement, the solo marimba singing in diverse dialects that changed with the mallets.. the furtive speechlike rhythms and cadences in the seconds-long movement “Dialogue With the mirror” evoked emotion too complex for words.."
Boston Globe, December 2016


"Currie is an energetic performer with a probing musical mind. .. Currie's performance had buoyant energy and he coaxed a color wheel of effects from the instruments spread across the stage."
Boston Classical Review, December 2016

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HK Gruber conducts Colin Currie in US premiere of into the open... with New World Symphony Orchestra

19 November 2016

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Colin Currie joins HK Gruber and the New World Symphony Orchestra on 3 December 2016 to give the US premiere of Gruber's into the open… at the New World Centre, Florida. A single movement concerto, into the open… is scored for a vast panoply of solo percussion, including Thai gongs, Caribbean cencerros and African balaphone, and orchestra.


Gruber conducts the full programme, which also includes Bernd Richard Deutsch Mad Dog and Kurt Schwertsik Nachtmusiken.


Currie gave the world premiere of into the open… at the BBC Proms in July 2015 to critical acclaim:


“Soloist Colin Currie, wonderful and heroic, darted among his 24 instruments... Vibraphone and marimba shimmered, cowbells tinkled, congas popped — all radiating distinct pitches often shared with the equally colourful orchestra.”
Times, July 2015

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Members of the Colin Currie Group lead a Reich Day at Wells Cathedral School’s Cedars Hall

05 November 2016

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On 19 November members of the Colin Currie Group will lead a Reich Day at Wells Cathedral School’s Cedars Hall as part of the new hall’s opening season programme.


Colin Currie, Adrian Spillett, Owen Gunnell and Sam Walton will join young percussion students from the specialist music school in an in depth exploration of the works of Steve Reich. The morning’s workshops will be followed by a performance that afternoon featuring Clapping Music, Nagoya Marimbas, Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet and Drumming Part 1.


The Reich Day will be preceded the previous night by Currie performing a solo recital at Cedars Hall. Currie will perform his new recital programme, launched last June, which includes Elliot Carter Figment V, Mantovani Moi, jeu and Xenakis Rebonds B.

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Colin Currie Group brings Music for 18 Musicians to Cambridge Music Festival

25 October 2016

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The Colin Currie Group makes its debut at Cambridge Music Festival on 8 November 2016 with a performance featuring Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians. The concert follows the group's sold-out debut at Macau International Music Festival in October.


Prior to the concert at Cambridge Corn Exchange, Steve Reich joins Colin Currie in a pre-performance talk at The Guildhall, Cambridge, featuring discussion and performance of his music. Reich then joins Currie to open the concert with Clapping Music, after which the Colin Currie Group performs Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet and Steve Reich’s seminal piece Music for 18 Musicians.


Later in the 2016-17 season, the Colin Currie Group returns to the Southbank Centre and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall for performances of Steve Reich Tehillim and also gives two concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

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Colin Currie performs new recital programme in Wells & Glasgow

25 October 2016

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Colin Currie performs two solo recitals this month in Wells and Glasgow on 18 and 25 November 2016, performing his new solo recital programme which he launched last season.


The programme for the recitals at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal Conservatory of Scotland includes Elliot Carter Figment, Mantovani Moi, jeu and Xenakis Rebonds B. The recital at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and you can click here to watch Currie perform Rebonds B for In Tune on BBC Radio 3.


Elsewhere this month, Currie also travels to the United States where he joins the Rochester Philharmonic for two performances of Jennifer Higdon Percussion Concerto on 3 and 5 November.

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Colin Currie Group debuts at the 30th Macau International Music Festival

23 September 2016

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Colin Currie Group debuts at the 30th Macau International Music Festival on 7 October 2016, performing music by Steve Reich in the same week as the composer’s 80th birthday.


The performance at Macau Cultural Centre includes Music for Pieces of Wood, Mallet Quartet and Drumming and sold out months in advance.


Whilst in Macau, Colin Currie also gives a masterclass to local percussion students and a presentation on the music of Steve Reich as part of the festival’s outreach programme.


The performance in Macau begins a busy 16/17 season for the group which also includes returns to Tokyo and London, performances at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and at Cambridge Music Festival. The Group has also expanded their repertoire with the addition of Steve Reich’s Tehillim.

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Colin Currie performs MacMillan in Danish National Symphony Orchestra debut

25 August 2016

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Colin Currie makes his debut with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with three concerts on 8, 9 and 10 September 2016. Currie performs Sir James MacMillan’s first percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, under the baton of Manfred Honeck at Copenhagen Konserthuset. Later this season Currie again perform with Honeck in his Pittsburgh Symphony debut at Heinz Hall.


Currie regularly performs the music of MacMillan and most recently gave the US East Coast premiere of Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Baltimore Symphony in January 2016:


“The point of all of that ammunition is not just to generate a tour de force performance, although that's certainly what Currie, in a welcome return to the BSO's guest artist roster, delivered… This absorbing concerto inspired one heck of a performance from all involved. The indefatigable, unflappable Currie produced as many subtle nuances as emphatic outbursts.”
Baltimore Sun, February 2016

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Colin Currie performs Rouse at Grand Tetons Music Festival

22 July 2016

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Colin Currie travels to the US for a return performance at the Grand Tetons Music Festival, with two concerts on 5 and 6 August. Grand Tetons Music Festival is this year celebrating the 10th year of Runnicles’ as Musical Director and Currie will join Runnicles and the Festival Orchestra to perform Christopher Rouse Der Gerettete Alberich.


A regular performer in North America Currie will next perform in Oregon in October as he enters his second season as Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra and will perform with Rochester Philharmonic in November.

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Colin Currie gives a world premiere with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

23 June 2016

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Colin Currie travels to Australia this month to join Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Amy Dickson to give the world premiere performance of Ross Edwards’ double concerto for percussion and saxophone, Frog and Star Cycle, at Sydney Opera House on 7 July 2016. The world premiere is followed by three further performances on 8, 9 and 11 July.


Edwards commented on composing for Currie:


“This is the first time I’ve worked with Colin but I’ve heard him perform many times and he’s just a phenomenon – absolutely amazing and extraordinarily athletic. And best of all, like Amy, he likes a challenge – nothing’s too difficult!”


Currie then travel to Wyoming to perform at Grand Teton Music Festival in August.

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Colin Currie Group sells out performances in London & Rotterdam

01 June 2016

Colin Currie Group gave sold out performances in London and Rotterdam on 24 and 26 May, with all performances met with critical acclaim. Over the course of three days, the group performed at the Royal Festival Hall followed by two performances at the Laurenskerk in Rotterdam. Currie and group member Owen Gunnell then went onto Musik im Riesen in Innsbruck to perform in Drumming and lead masterclasses.


The group played Music for 18 Musicians in London and Rotterdam, with Mallet Quartet and Quartet added to the programme in London. They have also just recorded Quartet, overseen by Reich himself, for future release on Nonesuch Records.


Read the reviews from London and take a look at some photos below:


“The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals delivered in spades. Their knowledge and understanding of Reich's music as well as their dedication and enthusiasm was evident in this mesmerising performance of three totally absorbing pieces, each different in scale and tone.”
Bachtrack, five stars, May 2016


"The joy here was the sense of communion between the visibly enthused performers and a beaming audience high on hypnotic percussion"
Times, May 2016

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Colin Currie's recording of Andrew Norman's Switch released on Reference Recordings

25 May 2016

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Colin Currie’s world premiere performance of Andrew Norman’s percussion concerto, Switch, has been released on Reference Records. Dawn to Dust, recorded with the Utah Symphony and Music Director Thierry Fischer, features world premieres of three new works commissioned by the orchestra. Also featured on the disc are Augusta Read Thomas EOS (Goddess of the Dawn) and Nico Muhly Control.


The disc has received widespread critical acclaim:


“Soloist Colin Currie has a heyday with the solo part, dashing off riffs on every drum, keyboard, and accessory percussion toy you can think of. His prowess spreads across the orchestra, who switch gears fearlessly as they negotiate Norman’s vertiginous labyrinth.”
ConcertoNet, April 2016


“..performed here with the utmost virtuosity by Colin Currie… dazzling and definitive account of this theatrical piece...”
HRAudio.net, April 2016


“The most spectacular piece of the lot, Norman's single-movement, 28-minute Switch, showcases the phenomenal percussionist, Colin Currie… Switch is an astounding experience.”
Stereophile, April 2016

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Colin Currie Group returns to Royal Festival Hall for Music for Eighteen 18 Musicians

10 May 2016

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The Colin Currie Group return to London on 24 May 2016 to celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday with a performance at Royal Festival Hall as part of Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series. The group performs a programme of Music for 18 Musicians, Mallet Quartet and Quartet


The group then travels to Rotterdam where to give two performances of Music for 18 Musicians in collaboration with De Doelen at Laurenskerk on 26 May at 8 and 10 PM.


Elsewhere this month Colin Currie appears with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra in Rovaniemi on 6 and 7 May and Orchestre de Picardie in Amiens and Soissons on 19 and 20 May. He then travels to Ottawa for concerts at Canada’s National Arts Centre with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

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Colin Currie & Thierry Fischer perform with Utah Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

15 April 2016

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Colin Currie joins Thierry Fischer and the Utah Symphony Orchestra on 29 April 2016 in their return to Carnegie Hall for the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary celebrations.


The programme features Haydn Symphony No. 96 “The Miracle”, Bartók Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin and a performance of selections from Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. Currie performs the New York premiere of Andrew Norman Switch, which was commissioned especially for Utah’s anniversary and premiered in November 2015, followed by the UK premiere in November 2015 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


Utah Symphony Orchestra’s milestone is being marked over the course of the 2015-16 season. Highlights included a Mahler symphonic cycle and collaboration with Utah Opera and Ballet West. Watch a film about the World Premiere of Switch by Andrew Norman performed by Utah Symphony and Colin Currie conducted by Thierry Fischer here.

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Colin Currie performs MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2 with Marin Alsop in São Paulo

25 February 2016

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Colin Currie opens the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo's new season in four performances from 10 to 13 March 2016. Currie joins Marin Alsop to perform James MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2, which Currie has already performed in Europe and America. Currie gave the world premiere of MacMillan Percussion Concerto No. 2 in November 2014 and recently performed the concerto with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony to great critical appraisal:


“The point of all of that ammunition is not just to generate a tour de force performance, although that's certainly what Currie, in a welcome return to the BSO's guest artist roster, delivered… This absorbing concerto inspired one heck of a performance from all involved. The indefatigable, unflappable Currie produced as many subtle nuances as emphatic outbursts.”
Baltimore Sun, February 2016


In addition to the concerts, Currie performs solo repertoire in the OSESP's matinee series and gives a percussion masterclass.

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Just announced: Colin Currie Group to perform Tehillim in Tokyo & London

04 February 2016

Colin Currie Group will perform Reich’s Tehillim during the 2016/17 season at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall on 1 and 2 March 2017, and at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, London, on 5 May 2017. For all three concerts the group is joined by Synergy Vocals.


The concerts mark an important new piece of repertoire; the Tokyo concerts will be the first time the group has performed Tehillim. Reich composed the piece in 1981 for six percussionists, four women’s voices, woodwinds, electric organs and strings. A setting of four Hebrew Psalm texts, the London performance will be part of the Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief festival exploring religion, community and worship.


It also marks the group’s return to Japan, following their debut there in December 2012.


Find out more on the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Southbank Centre websites.

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Colin Currie gives European premiere of Andrew Norman's Switch at the Barbican

27 November 2015

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Colin Currie gives the European premiere of Andrew Norman’s Switch with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sakari Oramo at the Barbican in London on 11 December 2015. Currie also gave the world premiere of Switch just last month with the Utah Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer, with Currie receiving praise for his "rigorous playing":


"Switch led off the evening; an inventive premise and dynamic performances by everyone involved made the concerto an instant hit"
Salt Lake Tribune, November 2015 


Currie gave another world premiere at the BBC Proms in July, where he performed HK Gruber’s Into the open…, a work for orchestra and solo percussion.

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Colin Currie gives Austrian premiere of HK Gruber's Into the open... with the Wiener Symphoniker

01 November 2015

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Colin Currie gives the Austrian premiere performance of HK Gruber’s Into The Open… for percussion and orchestra with the Vienna Symphony conducted by Erik Nielsen on 15 November 2015, as part of Wien Modern. Into The Open… is scored for a huge number of different instruments and requires the soloist to change instruments frequently, often in a very short space of time.


The world premiere of Into The Open… took place at the BBC Proms on 20 July, receiving outstanding reviews in the press:


“The orchestral writing is arduous and virtuosic, the form unfolding in a continuous development, not unlike a Birtwistle score.”
Sunday Times, July 2015


“Soloist Colin Currie, wonderful and heroic, darted among his 24 instruments... Vibraphone and marimba shimmered, cowbells tinkled, congas popped — all radiating distinct pitches often shared with the equally colourful orchestra.” Times, July 2015


“The work starts off tautly, with the soloist’s notes captured and sustained by the orchestra, leaving a kind of aura; unlike Gruber’s previous percussion concerto, this one is dominated by tuned instruments... Currie has been a champion of Gruber’s first percussion concerto and was a compelling performer here, dashing across the stage between clusters of instruments – including a cajon, a rattly, box-shaped drum that one taps and thumps while sitting on it.”
Guardian, July 2015

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Colin Currie in adventurous solo percussion programme

27 October 2015

Across the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons, Colin Currie will be performing an adventurous new recital programme, including newly commissioned works first premiered in 2014 at the Wigmore Hall, Bergen Festival and De Doelen Rotterdam.


Programme:


Elliott Carter: Figment V
Per Norgaard: Fire Over Water
Toshio Hosokawa: Reminiscence 
Bruno Mantovani: Moi, jeu...


Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds B
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Vibra-Elufa
Rolf Wallin: Realismos Mágicos 


Click on the links to listen to excerpts:


Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence


Reviews:


“A short first half brought a selection of four wildly varied works played without a break, ranging from Elliott Carter’s Figment V, a playful set of variations for marimba written in 2009, to Toshio Hosokawa’s beguiling and atmospheric Reminiscence from 2002. As far as one could see, Currie played this virtuoso half-hour of music on instruments from tom-toms to south Asian temple blocks from memory... Currie’s virtuosity energised all and the young audience was hugely enthusiastic.”
Financial Times, April 2014


“The glory of the evening was the world premiere of a piece for marimba by Rolf Wallin, Realismos Mágicos (11 short stories)... Eyes of a Blue Dog drew forth crystals of sound-cluster, flashing from the beaters as they twirled tight and close. A tiny, fleeting heat-haze of harmony of Miss Forbes’s Summer of Happiness; repeated notes reverberating full fathom five for The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World; and a thrumming, poised for lift-off, for a Very Old Man with Enormous Wings…. … Rolling tremolados gave an effect of aural marbling, with Currie’s dexterity and control of dynamic fluctuation as awe-inspiring as the piece itself [Hosokawa].”
Times, April 2014


“Colin Currie & Friends brought music that was a complete revelation… A range of sticks with different heads, some soft, others harder-hitting, was exploited to the full by Currie in Rolf Wallin’s Realismos Mágicos for solo marimba, whether for mysterious low rumbly notes or spikier agitation across its eleven movements.” Scotsman, August 2015


“Currie is riveting to watch as well as hear, his body always tense with concentration. And yet the actual touch is measured and even gentle, each note placed just so.”
Daily Telegraph, October 2014


“Colin Currie, surely the world’s finest and most daring percussionist.”
Spectator, August 2013

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Colin Currie gives world premiere of Andrew Norman’s “Switch” with Utah Symphony

23 October 2015

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On 6 November 2015, Colin Currie gives the world premiere of an exciting new percussion concerto, “Switch”, by the promising young American composer Andrew Norman. Currie performs the premiere with the Utah Symphony conducted by Thierry Fischer, and goes on to give the European premiere with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo in December 2015, followed by the New York premiere at Carnegie Hall with the Utah Symphony in April 2016.


Norman says of the work that "Every instrument Colin plays acts like a switch that turns on the other instruments in the orchestra. It's cause and effect — he'll hit a drum, and the oboe will turn on. He's constantly turning on and off various sections of the orchestra. It's almost as if he's changing channels on a remote."


Click here to read an interview Norman, Currie and Fischer

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Colin Currie gives first performances as Oregon Symphony Artist in Residence

12 September 2015

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Colin Currie gives his first concerts as Artist in Residence of the Oregon Symphony with three concerts at Arlene Schnitzler Concert Hall on 26, 27 and 28 September 2015. Currie and the orchestra perform Sir James MacMillan’s first percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, under the baton of Carlos Kalmar.


Colin Currie regularly performs MacMillan’s music, and gave the Scottish premiere of his Percussion Concerto No.2 at the Edinburgh International Festival on 14 August.

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Colin Currie performs Scottish & US premieres of MacMillan's Percussion Concerto No.2

01 August 2015

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On 14 August 2015, Colin Currie makes his Edinburgh International Festival debut performing James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Edward Gardner conducts, with Sir James MacMillan in attendance for the Scottish premiere of his work.


Currie returns to Edinburgh the following week to perform in a chamber recital at the Queen’s Hall on 21 August 2015, alongside pianists Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore and percussionist Sam Walton. The musicians fly straight from Helsinki, where the previous night they perform at the Helsinki Festival with other musicians as the Colin Currie Group. In Edinburgh, the four musicians perform music by John Adams, Steve Reich, Rolf Wallin and Bartok, and the concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.


Also in August, Colin Currie performs the US premiere of MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 at the Cabrillo Festival on 7 August conducted by Marin Alsop, with whom Colin frequently collaborates. Looking ahead to the new season, Alsop conducts several more performances of MacMillan’s percussion concerto with Currie, first with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on 25 and 28 February 2016 and with three performances in Sao Paulo from 10 to 12 March 2016 to open the orchestra’s new season.

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Colin Currie gives HK Gruber world premiere at BBC Proms

06 July 2015

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On 20 July 2015, Colin Currie gives the world premiere performance of HK Gruber’s into the open… for percussion and orchestra with the BBC Philhamonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms. John Storgårds conducts the concert at the Royal Albert Hall. into the open… is scored for a wide array of solo percussion including instruments such as Thai gongs, Caribbean cencerros and African balaphone.


Currie and Gruber have enjoyed working together many times in the past, with Currie performing Gruber’s earlier percussion concerto Rough Music around the world, most recently with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester in 2013.


Currie gives the Austrian premiere of into the open at Wien Modern Festival in November 2015, conducted by Erik Nielsen.

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Colin Currie Group: UK tour reviews

01 June 2015

The Colin Currie Group received some excellent reviews for its recent UK tour of concerts in Glasgow, Saffron Hall and Cardiff. The group played a range of programmes, performing Reich Music for 18 Musicians in Glasgow and at Saffron Hall, and a chamber-sized programme of Reich's music in Cardiff.


Read the reviews below:


Glasgow Royal Concert Hall / Music for 18 Musicians
"A shimmering wash of sound in this mesmerising performance. The ensemble drew the listener in completely to Reich's exquisitely ethereal soundscape."
Herald, May 2015


Saint David's Hall, Cardiff / Clapping Music, Sextet, Mallet Quartet & Quartet
“Reich has endorsed the Colin Currie Group personally, honouring their leader as the man to take his music to the next generations. Currie is perfectly in tune with the simple complexities of Reich’s ideas – he is, in fact, as in step with Reich as he is with his accompanists. Throughout the 90 minute performance Reich is not just the source of the music; he is the seventh band member, as good as there, inflecting each perfect stroke with his affable influence.”
Wales Arts Review, May 2015

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HK Gruber & Colin Currie: Kurt Schwertsik 80th birthday concert at Wiener Konzerthaus

01 June 2015

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HK Gruber conducts ensemble “die reihe” at the Vienna Konzerthaus on 15 June 2015, in celebration of Kurt Schwertsik’s 80th birthday, and inlcuding a performance of Schwertsik’s marimba concerto Now you hear me, now you don’t with soloist Colin Currie. The composer will be in attendance for this special concert. The full programme is:


Kurt Schwertsik: Compagnie Masquerade, Op.93
Kurt Schwertsik: Equi Libri Stique, Op.87
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Kurt Schwertsik: Die Wahrheit ist, man hat mir nichts getan, Op.103
Kurt Schwertsik: Now you hear me, now you don't, Op.102


Gruber and Schwertsik’s long-standing friendship has led Gruber to conduct Schwertsik’s music elsewhere this season in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, most recently in April 2015 with Schwertsik’s Baumgesänge, performed by the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall.


Currie and Gruber have also worked together many times with great success, and Currie regularly performs Gruber’s percussion concerto, Rough Music. This July, Currie gives the world premiere performance of Gruber’s into the open for percussion and orchestra and returns to Vienna in November to give the Austrian premiere at the Konzerthaus as part of Wien Modern festival.

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Mary Bevan, Colin Currie & Marin Alsop: winners at RPS Music Awards

06 May 2015

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Mary Bevan and Colin Currie have won RPS Music Awards in the Young Artist and Instrumentalist categories respectively, while Marin Alsop’s Britten War Requiem project at the Southbank Centre has won the Learning and Participation category. They were awarded the prizes, for achievement in the UK during 2014, at a ceremony on 5 May in London where Currie also performed a short marimba solo.


Colin Currie was the focus of the Metal Wood Skin percussion festival at the Southbank Centre from autumn 2014, which saw him perform premieres by Reich, Andriessen, Clyne and MacMillan and lead a variety of education events. The festival received acclaim from the press, the Financial Times praising it for “cutting-edge atmosphere, contemporary works, young audiences.” Currie also launched a new solo recital programme in 2014 at the Wigmore Hall and Sound Festival Aberdeen, including a commission by Rolf Wallin, and his other UK performances included with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.


Mary Bevan’s 2014 began with Peter Grimes in January at English National Opera, followed by La clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera and Despina in Cosi fan tutte at ENO. In October she triumphed as Susanna in Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, also for ENO, prompting the Times to comment “her Susanna is gloriously acted and stylishly sung: a real coming-of-age” (Times, October 2014). Bevan has also been continually featured on the concert platform, singing with orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia.


Britten War Requiem, a project staged by Marin Alsop and Southbank Centre in November 2014, commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and involved students from the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Southbank Voicelab Children’s Choir. Soloists Ben Johnson and Natalia Tanasii also featured in the performance. Eight students from Lilian Baylis School Technology school went on journey to uncover this masterpiece, find out why Britten wrote it and explore the themes of the piece through three chapters: War, Words and Music. Watch the full performance and links to other related videos here.”


Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians.

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Colin Currie makes China Debut with the Miro Quartet in Beijing

03 May 2015

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National Centre for the Performing Arts

Colin Currie travels to Beijing on 17 May 2015 with the Miro Quartet to make his China debut at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, as part of the NCPA’s May Festival.


Currie and the quartet have frequently collaborated at multiple venues in the USA, and their Beijing programme includes many of the pieces for string quartet and percussion which they regularly perform, including Steve Martland’s ‘Starry Night’ and Joseph Pereira’s ‘Strophe’, written for and premiered by Currie and the quartet in 2013. The programme also includes works for string quartet and for solo percussion.


As part of the group’s visit to Beijing, they also give an outreach concert at Sihui station for members of the public and local schoolchildren. As well as performing works from their NCPA programme, the musicians will speak about the music and their instruments.


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Colin Currie Group return to UK for three-date tour

12 April 2015

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After a successful tour of the Netherlands earlier in April, the Colin Currie Group returns to the UK for three concerts of music by Steve Reich. The group’s first stop will be at Saffron Hall performing Music for 18 Musicians on 26 April 2015, followed by Saint David’s Hall in Cardiff on the 1 May, this time in a smaller chamber-sized formation including Quartet and Sextet.


Next they appear as part of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall’s Minimal weekend with another performance of Music for 18 Musicians on 3 May as well as the Scottish premiere of Quartet.

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Colin Currie Group: five-concert tour to the Netherlands

25 March 2015

April sees the Colin Currie Group embark on a five-concert tour of the Netherlands. The first performance take place on 8 April at De Doelen Rotterdam, where Colin Currie is Red Sofa Artist in Residence, and includes the Dutch premiere of Reich’s Quartet. The following days will see performances in Nijmegen, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Tilburg and Middelburg – click here for full information on the tour.


The group performs programmes of music by Steve Reich, including his Music for Pieces of Wood, Sextet, Mallet Quartet and Quartet and offers new repertoire at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam as part of the World Minimal Festival. Here the group tackles Crumb Music for a Summer Evening as well as Terry Riley The Heaven Ladder Book 5: 1.Cinco de Mayo and Reich Quartet.

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Colin Currie gives world premiere of James MacMillan's new percussion concerto in Utrecht

24 October 2014

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Colin Currie gives the world premiere performance of James MacMillan's Percussion Concerto No.2 on 7 November, with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at TivoliVredenberg in Utrecht, under the baton of James Gaffigan. Following Currie's many performances of MacMillan's first Percussion Concerto, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, in the 22 years since it was written, MacMillan penned the second specifically for his fellow Scot.


The UK premiere of the concerto takes place on 11 December, when Currie will perform the piece with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. Conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the performance will be the closing concert of Currie's acclaimed Metal Wood Skin percussion festival at the Southbank Centre. On 19 December, Currie travels to Toulouse to perform the new concerto with the Orchestre National de Capitole de Tououse at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse and Le Parvis Scène Nationale, Tarbes-Pyrénées.


Currie's performances of the concerto will continue into 2015/16, with Currie performing the piece alongside Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

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Colin Currie launches Rotterdam residency

16 September 2014

Colin Currie launches his Red Sofa – Frappez Toujours residency at Rotterdam’s De Doelen this week with a solo and chamber recital. Currie’s residency includes a world premiere of a De Doelen commission by Dave Maric and Dutch premieres of works by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne and Kalevi Aho among others.


Currie performs with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, performs chamber music with Dutch musicians including the Doelen Kwartet, RPhO percussionists, the Codarts conservatoire students, and the Doelen Ensemble as well as bringing his own ensemble the Colin Currie Group.


23 September 2014
Colin Currie, solo percussion
Joined by RPhO percussionists* and Doelen Kwartet**
Elliot Carter Figment V
Per Nørgård / Ching: Fire Over Water
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence
Bruno Mantovani Moi, jeu
interval
Steve Reich Drumming [Part 1]*
Fredrik Andersson The loneliness of Santa Claus*
Steve Martland Starry Night**


27 November 2014
Codarts percussion ensemble
Colin Currie, plays and directs
Elliott Carter Tintinnabulation
Rolf Wallin Stone Wave
Edgard Varese Ionisation
Anna Clyne Secret Garden
Steve Reich Music for a Large Ensemble


30 January 2015
Rotterdam Philharmonic
Pietari Inkinen, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion
Kalevi Aho Sieidi (percussion concerto)


25 February 2015
Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez (percussion)
Ralph van Raat, Maarten van Veen (piano)
Doelen Ensemble
John Adams Hallelujah Junction
Dave Maric New work for two pianos, two percussionists
interval
John Adams China Gates
John Adams American Berserk
Béla Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz.110, BB.115


8 April 2015
Colin Currie Group
Steve Reich Music for Pieces of Wood
Steve Reich Sextet
interval
Steve Reich Mallet Quartet
Steve Reich Quartet

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Colin Currie: Metal Wood Skin begins at Southbank Centre

03 September 2014

Metal Wood Skin: the Colin Currie Percussion Festival opens at Southbank Centre on 17 September, as Colin Currie performs Julia Wolfe’s percussion concerto riSE and fLY at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The festival features four newly-commissioned works and runs until December 2014.


Currie performs riSE and fLY for the opening concert of Metal Wood Skin with the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, conducted by Ricardo Castro. Currie then performs Samba and other Latin American styles of music with the orchestra’s percussion section in the Queen Elizabeth Front Room.


On 4 October Southbank Centre hosts The Big Percussion Workshop Day, led by Colin Currie Group members Adam Clifford and Catherine Ring. Currie also joins in the workshops, aimed at children over the age of eight.


On 5 October, Currie performs the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Tapdance with Asko|Schönberg, conducted by Clark Rundell. Currie and Asko|Schönberg gave the world premiere performance in May 2014 at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In this concert Currie also gives the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Secret Garden for solo drum kit, marimba & pre-recorded sounds. Following the concert, Currie performs with percussion students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance – first Currie performs Kevin Volans’ Chakrawith the students, then he conducts Elliott Carter’s Tintinnabulation.


On 12 October, the Colin Currie Group returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall for two performances of four Steve Reich pieces, in which they give the world premiere of Reich’s Quartet for two vibraphones and two pianos, written for and dedicated to the group. Currie also performs Clapping Music with the composer.


The next concert is on 11 November, when Currie performs with the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon, dedicated to the memory of Steve Martland. Currie performs Martland’s Starry Night with the ensemble, as well as Horses of Instruction, and also plays Dave Maric’s Trilogy for solo percussion. Prior to the concert, Currie directs Trinity Laban students in the Queen Elizabeth Front Room in a performance of Steve Reich’s Music for a Large Ensemble.


On 12 November, Currie performs a Schools Concert in the Clore Ballroom for children aged seven to eleven, interspersing performances of pieces by Schmitt, Norgaard and Maric with rhythm games and instrument demonstrations for the schoolchildren.


On 7 December, Currie performs Birtwistle’s The Axe Manual with Tamara Stefanovich as part of the composer’s 80th birthday celebrations.


Metal Wood Skin concludes on 11 December with Currie giving the UK premiere performance of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Following the performance, Currie performs with students from the Royal Academy of Music; they perform Joe Pereira’s Mallet Quartet and Rolf Wallin’s Stone Wave.

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Colin Currie performs world premiere of Andriessen’s Tapdance with Asko|Schoenberg

10 May 2014

On 24 May, Colin Currie gives the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s percussion concerto, Tapdance. He performs with the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble under the baton of Reinbert de Leeuw at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as part of their ZaterdagMatinee series.


Currie performs Tapdance with the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble for a second time in October 2014 at the Southbank Centre as part of his Metal, Wood, Skin percussion festival.


Later in May, Currie travels to Glasgow to perform Elliott Carter’s Two Controversies and a Conversation for percussion, piano and orchestra on 28 May. Currie performs alongside Nicolas Hodges with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth at Glasgow City Halls.

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Colin Currie: Wigmore Hall residency and solo recital

26 March 2014

In April 2014 Colin Currie is celebrated at the Wigmore Hall, London, in a mini-residency, ‘Focus on Colin Currie’, which culminates with the premiere of his adventurous new solo recital programme on 7 April.


The residency begins on 4 April when Currie leads a master class with four young percussionists studying at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall, Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban. The following day, Currie performs a family concert aimed at children aged 5 and over, in which he plays works by Matthias Schmitt, Per Nørgård and Dave Maric.


On 7 April, Currie launches his new solo recital programme which includes the world premiere of two works written for him. The full programme is as follows:


Carter Figment V for solo marimba
Per Nørgård Fire Over Water from I Ching
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence
Bruno Mantovani Moi, jeu ...
Dave Maric Sense and Innocence (world premiere of new version)
Joseph Pereira Word of Mouth II (world premiere)
Rolf Wallin Realismos Magicos (world premiere)


Later that week, Currie travels to Scotland to perform James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by John Storgards. They perform first at Usher Hall on 10 April in Edinburgh, then at Glasgow City Halls on 11 April.

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Colin Currie in Cleveland Orchestra debut with Giancarlo Guerrero

04 March 2014

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Colin Currie performs Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto in his first concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, on 21 and 22 March.


The concerts are part of the orchestra’s prestigious residency at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, of which Guerrero is Principal Guest Conductor.


As well as Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with Currie, Guerrero conducts the orchestra in Mozart Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio and Holst The Planets. The Planets The latter work will be performed with high definition NASA images from space projected above the Orchestra on a large screen.


A regular performer in North America, Currie then travels to Toronto to perform the Canadian premiere of Kalevi Aho’s Sieidi with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall, conducted by John Storgards. He returns again later this season to perform with the Utah Symphony and Buffalo Symphony Orchestra in April 2014.

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